Thinking about cremation?

We believe that families who choose cremation deserve the peace of mind of knowing that their loved one is treated ethically and professionally. We believe that no matter what a family chooses - they deserve the opportunity to have a personalized and meaningful opportunity to pay tribute to the life of their loved one and begin the process of healing.

As more people are choosing cremation, we have dedicated ourselves to give consumers a true sense of what their many options are for a funeral service. Often we find that people have a preconception that they have fewer choices for a ceremony when selecting cremation for themselves or a loved one. Therefore, they request direct cremation and deny the surviving friends and family an opportunity to honor them with a memorial service. In actuality, cremation is only part of the commemorative experience. In fact, cremation can actually increase your options when planning a tribute service. The following information is meant to help you build an understanding of what cremation is, allowing you to make an informed decision when arranging a funeral for yourself or a loved one.

Cremation is becoming increasingly popular, especially amongst the baby boomer generation. Among the many reasons for this growing trend is the breadth of options cremation provides for a final memorial service.

Cremation gives people the flexibility to search for types of tributes that reflect the life being honored. But this doesn’t mean that aspects of traditional funeral services have to be discarded. Even with cremation, a meaningful memorial that is personalized to reflect the life of the deceased could include:

• A visitation prior to the service;

• An open or closed casket;

• Special music;
• A ceremony at the funeral chapel, your place of worship or other special location; and
• Participation by friends and family

Commonly, cremated remains are placed in an urn and committed to an indoor or outdoor mausoleum or columbarium; interred in a family burial plot; or included in a special urn garden. Cremation also gives families the option to scatter the remains. This can be done in a designated cemetery garden or at a place that was special to the person. Today, cremated remains can even become part of an ocean reef or made into diamonds.

Whatever you choose, cremation or burial, traditional services or contemporary celebrations, the Bailey family and staff is here to help you.